Alfalfa Hay for Rabbits

Feeding Rabbits Alfalfa Hay


When it comes to feeding our bunnies, there are certain times in an animal’s life when they might need more than just a grass hay.  Feeding Alfalfa hay to rabbits is beneficial at times of increased energy needs.


But what’s the difference between alfalfa hay and other types of hay?


Well, in general there are two different types of hay.  These are;

Grass Hay

Legume Hay


Grass hays are types such as timothy, bermuda, orchard and oat hay.  These hays are lower in calories and protein than legume hays and higher in fiber.


Legume hays – of which alfalfa is the most common – are higher in protein and calories and have a slightly lower fiber content.


Alfalfa hay is good for bunnies when the animal expends more energy, and therefore needs the higher calorie and protein it gives.


Times in a rabbit’s life when this is needed are generally during;

– pregnancy

– nursing mothers

– baby or growing rabbits

– elderly or rehabilitating rabbits

alfalfa hay for bunnies


Differences between alfalfa hay and grass hay


Apart from the nutritional differences, there are also many visual and physical differences between the two.  Alfalfa hay for rabbits is far softer than grass hays, as well as being softer to the touch.  You can also see the dried heads of the alfalfa grass in the hay.


You can also get rabbit pellets made from alfalfa hay, as opposed to grass hay.  Once again, these would be fed during times of higher energy needs.


Whichever type of hay you’re feeding, be it timothy or alfalfa hay for rabbits, the all important aspect is that you only feed hay of a high quality.  It should be green in color, fresh smelling and contain no dust whatsoever.


As long as you ensure that whatever hay you feed is of the best quality you can find, then you can be sure that you’re providing your rabbit with exactly the kind of nutrition he or she needs to remain in the best of health.


Till next time, love those rabbits….


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